Rich John

TOMPKINS COUNTY, N.Y. –– Tompkins Legislator Rich John has announced this week plans to run for re-election. John is currently finishing his first full term representing District Four of the Tompkins County Legislature. 

District Four includes parts of East Hill, Collegetown, the Fall Creek neighborhood, the Commons and a portion of Cornell University in the City of Ithaca. He was first elected to fill a vacancy in 2015, and was re-elected in 2017.

“I have been fortunate to have had the opportunity to represent the District for the past five years.  In that time, I believe that I have been able to make a positive difference in our community.  I am proud to have helped with the formation of the Tompkins Center for History and Culture, which is now open on the Commons,” John said.

In his time on legislature John has served as chairs of the Public Safety and Jail Study committees and the Industrial Development Agency. He has also been part of the Government  Operations Committee and the Budget Capital and Personnel Committee.

Speaking on his achievements during his time in local government John said, “I have voted to increase and improve our alternatives to incarceration programming, which has dramatically reduced our jail population without seeing a crime rate increase.  Currently, I am participating in the Reimagining Public Safety project and am involved with an effort to create local job training and employment opportunities.”  

Outside of Legislature, John is an attorney in private practice, he teaches and is involved in business start-ups. A long-time Ithacan, John and his wife have raised a family on East Hill and he looks forward to continuing serving his community through his role on the legislature.    

“Going forward, among many challenges, we need to continue to fight through the pandemic, and deal with the economic and social burdens it has placed on us,” he said. “Similarly, we have tremendous questions before us as a country which show up here in our community and we need to address them.  So, there is hard and important work left to be done.  I would like the chance to continue to help our community find these answers. Therefore, I will be asking the voters of the Fourth District for their support.”

Anna Lamb

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